November 6, 2013
California Adopts First Math Framework Aligned with Common Core
SACRAMENTO—California teachers have new guidance from the State Board of Education as they continue implementing the California Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today.
The State Board of Education today approved the new Mathematics Framework for California Public Schools, which provides instructional guidance for teachers and administrators. The Framework provides grade-level explanations and examples of the standards for mathematics practice and content, integrating mathematical thinking and conceptual understanding with procedural skills and application.
"The new Framework gives educators important new guidance and resources to teach students step-by-step the mathematics knowledge and skills they need to graduate ready for college and careers," Torlakson said. "From teaching strategies to evaluation criteria, it will help teachers as they work to modernize education in California."
For example, the Framework provides guidance for educators on a range of topics, including instructional strategies to strengthen learning for every student, the qualities of effective professional development, technology for instruction and learning, criteria for evaluating instructional materials, assessment to improve instruction and learning, and inclusion of financial literacy into math instruction.
"The new Framework helps teachers to have students apply mathematics to new and different content areas and contexts," State Board of Education President Michael Kirst said. "The Framework moves beyond students just memorizing rules to solve math problems by asking them to make complex inferences, estimates, and models that are part of the Common Core."
The Framework provides a context for implementing the California Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (PDF; 3MB), which were first adopted by California in 2010, and then modified in 2013. Standards describe what students should know and be able to do in each subject in each grade. Frameworks provide guidance for implementing the standards. Common Core is a state-led effort adopted by 45 states, so that all children—no matter where they come from or where they live—will receive a world-class education that is consistent from school to school and state to state.
The newly adopted Framework was created by a committee of educators and math experts, most of whom are teachers in California classrooms, under the guidance of the state Instructional Quality Commission. The draft Framework was informed by public comment, before being presented to the State Board of Education for adoption. The Instructional Quality Commission unanimously recommended the Framework to the State Board of Education for adoption.
The Mathematics Framework for California Public Schools is currently available in draft form on the California Department of Education's Web site and will soon be updated to reflect its final adoption by the State Board of Education.